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Rox jewellery heist: Pair admit £730,000 Edinburgh robbery

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Media captionCCTV footage showed the two men carrying out the armed robbery

Two men have admitted their involvement in stealing jewellery and watches worth £730,000 in a heist in Edinburgh.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Elliot Jorgensen, 25, and Anthony Boyd, 26, pled guilty to being involved in the armed raid at the Rox store in January.

The robbery - which lasted 90 seconds - saw a haul of expensive items snatched, including a £100,000 diamond collar.

Staff were threatened with a revolver and an axe, and one female worker was dragged across the shop at gunpoint.

Image caption Anthony Boyd (left) and Elliot Jorgensen pled guilty to taking part in the armed raid

Prosecutor Andrew Brown QC told the court that the robbery was "carefully planned" and "efficiently executed".

Jorgensen, from Salford, was involved in the raid itself with an unknown accomplice, while Boyd, an engineer from Manchester, had a central role in the "organisation" of the robbery, he said.

CCTV footage from the shop shows two armed men rushing into the store at about 17:15.

The two female members of staff, sales assistant Samera Afzal, and sales manager Ho Suet So, "immediately froze with fear", Mr Brown said.

Jorgensen took out a revolver and yelled: "Don't move."

His accomplice began smashing the glass cabinets with an axe and filling a rucksack with jewellery.

Jorgensen then grabbed Miss Afzal to go with him to another part of the store.

Mr Brown said: "The accused then placed the gun into her left side and pulled her forcefully by the arm into an area where cabinets containing the most expensive pieces of jewellery were displayed."

There he grabbed items including a £100,000 diamond collar and another jewel-encrusted bracelet.

Motorbike getaway

Rox manager Katy Lawrence, who was in her office, heard the commotion and pressed a panic alarm.

Jorgensen and the other man fled into George Street, yelling and swearing at passers-by "get back".

They escaped from the scene on a black Honda 650 motorbike bike.

It was later found dumped at a car park in Edinburgh's Northumberland Street with its key still in the ignition.

Image caption Raiders made off with a haul including diamond jewellery and high value watches

The axe, two helmets and gloves were discovered nearby.

Jorgensen's DNA was later found on one of the gloves leading to him being detained on 23 January.

Police later got hold of CCTV footage of him being handed a large quantity of cash by three men at the San Carlo restaurant in Manchester before his arrest.

Boyd was charged in March.

The two men each admitted to a charge of assault and robbery, and will be sentenced next month.

Judge Lord Matthews said a lengthy jail-term was "obvious".

Jorgensen was previously jailed for robbery in 2007.

A third man, Aldair Warmington, 26, was also alleged to have been involved in the raid, but his not guilty pleas were accepted by prosecutors.

'Badly shaken'

The court heard that 77 items were taken from the Rox store, including 43 rings, 24 watches, three pairs of ear-rings, three necklaces and four bracelets.

The luxury watches were from brands including Corum, Girard-Perregaux, and a Hublot watch worth £11,000.

The total value was £726,866. None of it has been recovered.

Image caption Rox Jewellery is part of the Assembly Rooms on George Street in Edinburgh

The raiders also caused up to £10,000 of damage to the store.

Speaking at the time, a spokeswoman said: "Staff are badly shaken but thankfully no-one was hurt."

Following the raid, Rox spent £50,000 on upgrading security at its Edinburgh store.

It now has a full-time security guard and a "highly sophisticated" smoke cloud system that releases a heavy fog and reduces visibility when activated.

It is also operating a round-the-clock "lock door policy".

Det Insp Bobby Deas, who led the investigation, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the staff at Rox to endure and resulted in a large quantity of valuable jewellery being stolen from the store.

"Officers launched a robust investigation to trace the men involved and with the assistance and co-operation of our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police, we were able to ensure that both men were brought to justice."

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